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The Nail Gurus You Absolutely Need to Follow on Instagram

Mar 30 2014 - 6:00am

Sure, Instagram is the perfect place to peruse food porn and coo over photos of puppies. But we in the beauty industry have another guilty pleasure on our favorite app: discovering new nail art. We scour our feeds looking for inspiration for our favorite holidays [1] and our Spring manicures [2], and the gurus we follow are a talented lot. Ready to up your Instagram game and get in on the nail art craze? We've got the scoop on who to follow, just below.


Delicate, whimsical designs adorn the nails on NailedbyAsami [3]'s feed, and they are perfect for the gal who hates cheesy designs.

Source: Instagram user asami812 [4]

Chalkboard Nails

Aside from the cute quotes and floral patterns we spy on the Chalkboard Nails [5] Instagram feed, we love how we sometimes get a peek into the process behind her nail designs — from sketch to final product!

Source: Instagram user chalkboardnails [6]

Chelsea King

Chelsea King [7] is one of those nail artists who works with such detail and precision, you ask yourself "how did she do that?" every time you scroll through her feed.

Source: Instagram user chelseaqueen [8]

CHI Nail Bar

An LA-based nail salon, CHI Nail Bar [9] showcases everything from laser-precise line designs to 3D decals for your nails.

Source: Instagram user chinailbar [10]

Deborah Lippmann

If you aren't following Deborah Lippmann [11] on Instagram, you're missing out on gorgeous color combinations and a whole lot of sparkle.

Source: Instagram user deborahlippmann [12]

Fleury Rose

If you're looking for nail art that give you a chuckle (like this amazing Twin Peaks design), look no further than Fleury Rose [13], who just so happens to be the US nail ambassador for Illamasqua.

Source: Instagram user fleuryrosenails [14]

Donne and Ginny Geer

Donne and Ginny Geer [15], a sister duo from California, design geometric designs, sparkling nails, and intricate shapes that are total eye candy.

Source: Instagram user heynicenails [16]

Jin Soon Choi

Nail guru Jin Soon Choi [17] takes you beyond your typical bottle of polish. Her Instagram feed reads like an instruction manual and will give you endless inspiration on how to use her polishes.

Source: Instagram user jinsoonchoi [18]

Karen G Nails

Need a kitschy way to show some holiday spirit on your nails? Karen G [19] has you covered.

Source: Instagram user karengnails [20]

Kimmie Kyees

Want to know how Rihanna [21] gets her killer nail art? She's got a secret: Kimmie Kyees [22].

Source: Instagram user kimmiekyees [23]

Miku Tsutaya

Anyone who posts pizza nail art is cool in our book, but Miku Tsutaya [24] has a whole host of graphic nail designs we can't help but stare at.

Source: Instagram user mikutsutaya [25]

Nailing Hollywood

The nail designs on Nailing Hollywood [26]'s Instagram feed prove that you can find inspiration just about anywhere.

Source: Instagram user nailinghollywood [27]

Michelle Humphrey

Maybelline New York nail expert Michelle Humphrey [28] loves herself some color, and that's just fine by us.

Source: Instagram user nailsbymh [29]

Regina Rodriguez

3D decals and insanely intricate details are what you'll find on Regina Rodriguez [30]'s feed. This is nail art porn at its finest.

Source: Instagram user nailsbyregina [31]

Pams & Kin

There's a lot to adore about Pams & Kin [32], a nail artist in SF, but the thing we love most is her devotion to Queen Bey and Andy Warhol.

Source: Instagram user pamsandkin [33]


Mimi [34], a manicurist in NYC, is the queen of details so precise, people will be thinking you are wearing nail wraps (our editors know first-hand [35]).

Source: Instagram user nailsbymimi [36]


For the girliest manicures on Instagram (with the polish descriptions to match), look no further than Selena [37].

Source: Instagram user selenadee_nails [38]

So Nailicious

If you're looking for complicated, over-the-top nail art designs, So Nailicious [39] isn't for you. Here, you'll find simple designs that are still super high impact.

Source: Instagram user so_nailicious [40]

Stephanie Stone

Adorable, flirty designs are Stephanie Stone [41]'s specialty.

Source: Instagram user stephstonenails [42]

Super Fly Nails

Are you a fan of the floating manicure trend? Super Fly Nails [43] is your go-to Instagram account.

Source: Instagram user superflynails [44]

Ten Over Ten

As one of the more popular nail salons in NYC, Ten Over Ten [45] posts gorgeous color combinations, classic manicures, and edgy designs.

Source: Instagram user tenoverten_nyc [46]

Vanity Projects

We just love all of the manicures on Vanity Projects [47]' Instagram, whether it's an insanely intricate geometric design or an "I Woke Up Like This" job, like the one above.

Source: Instagram user vanityprojects [48]

Wah Nails

For the most fun and festive manicures on Instagram, look no further than Wah Nails [49].

Source: Instagram user wahnails [50]

Tom Bachik

Tom Bachik [51], manicurist to the stars, shares snaps of some of our favorite A-listers' nails.

Source: Instagram user tombachik [52]

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